Muriel Gray Burbury (1884-1972)
Muriel was a 31-year-old single trained nursing sister when she volunteered for enlistment in the Australian Army Nursing Service in early May 1915. Though small of stature, Muriel fitted the criteria set, having completed four years general training at the Hobart General Hospital, with medical and surgical experience including working in an operating theatre, and she had at least two years’ experience as a sister in charge.
At least 2139 women served overseas as part of the Australian Army Nursing Service with the First A.I.F., between 1914 and 1918. They worked in hospital ships, hospitals and casualty clearing stations in a variety of places including England, Egypt, India, Lemnos Island near Gallipoli and France. Muriel Gray Burbury would become well acquainted with the conditions on Lemnos Island at the No. 3 A.G.H and later at Abbeville, France.